[part title="Gulmarg, India"]
If you gloss over the fact that it sits just 20km away from the contentious Pakistan - Indian border, Gulmarg could well be classed as the most exotic place to snowboard. Home to the world’s highest gondola (3,979 meters), with an optional hike to a massive 4,124 meters, Gulmarg gets rewarded with the best snow in the Himalayas. With much of its terrain sitting off piste and graced with a total of 18 bowls, Gulmarg has made its way onto the hit list of many die hard freeriders.
[part title="Oukaimeden, Morocco"]
Morocco is more synonymous with camels and deserts than it is snow, but wander just 80k from the hazy Souk filled capital Marrakesh and you’ll stumble upon Africa’s highest resort. While the snow might not be the greatest and the lifts err on the side of unpredictable, it’s a great choice if you’re after an adventure with a dose of local culture.
[part title="Dizin, Iran "]
Overshadowed by the politics of a country in conflict, the Iranian snowboard scene is a well-kept secret. Just 60km north of the hectic streets of Tehran lies Dizin, Iran’s most popular ski resort. Iran might not sit comfortably at the top of everyones holiday list, but its rich culture, cheap Iranian vodka and quiet slopes make it a tempting choice for an alternative snowboarding trip. Hannah Teter obviously thought so…
[part title="Ski Dubai, Dubai"]
Sitting in sweltering temperatures of 46 degrees, Dubai should fall pretty low down the list of places to shred. However, reflective of their ambitious supersize attitude, Dubai is home to the world’s largest indoor snow dome, with a whopping 22,500 square meters of snow all year round. Forget dragging yourself up a Poma, Dubai have of course put in a nifty chairlift and the dome includes five runs of varying difficulty, with the longest run being 400 meters long. To top it off there’s even a dedicated freestyle zone.
[part title="Bamiyan, Afghanistan"]
[part title="Trodos, Cyprus "]
Known for being a brits abroad tanning ground, Cyprus has never been top of the hit list for a snow trip. But as unexpected as it may be for a Mediterranean island, Cyprus is actually home to Mount Olympus, which rises up to 1,952 meters and receives a covering of snow three months of the year. As it’s limited to just four slopes, you probably wouldn’t want to mission out there for the riding alone, but if you like the sound of a ride in the morning followed by an afternoon dip in the med then Troodos ticks all the boxes.
[part title="Mzaar, Lebanon"]
Lebanon is reputed for its conflict, but just an hour away from bustling Beirut lies the peaceful resort of Mzaar. The resort reaches heights of 2,465 meters and covers 80km of groomed runs from December through to April. Although a different vibe to the Alps, it's not unknown for the locals to get involved in some post slope apres.
[part title="Tiffendel, South Africa"]
Tiffendel is the oldest and highest (3,001 meters) resort in South Africa, with the promise of snow 100 days of the year helped along by its snowmaking facilities. It’s a small resort with just over 1000 meters of terrain, but the fact that it boasts its own park is its trump card against other South African resorts.